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Fourteen Franklin Parish High School students were arrested last week and charged with disturbing the peace after fighting at the school.
Principal Joe Bondurant said expulsion hearings are underway for the students.
"This is basically a case of some ongoing fights in the community and these kids brought it to school," Bondurant said.
"I can promise you, we're not going to stand for it."
Bondurant said school officials warned several students not to engage in fighting on campus after hearing reports of the ongoing feud.
"We were aware of problems off campus and we warned them. They did it anyway."
Bondurant said the fight erupted between class periods just inside the northwest corner of the wide hall when two groups faced off.
"Coaches and teachers got in there and broke it up," Bondurant said.
"And it was my decision to call law enforcement and have them arrested due the severity of the incident."
Arrested and charged with disturbing the peace were:
Latricia Blunt, 17, 614 Hassels St., Winnsboro; Brandon McFarland, 17, 2914 Union Church Rd., Baskin; William Spears, 18, 5745 Hwy. 4, Winnsboro; Kegan Cooper, 17, 118 Frances St., Winnsboro;
Terrance Walters, 19, 104 Center St., Wisner; Teborhies Blunt, 18, 614 Hassell St., Winnsboro; Chardric Brown, 18, 231 Herlivic Lane, Winnsboro; Aaron McGhee, 18, 343 Lofton Rd., Winnsboro; Frantonio Smith, 18, 2508 Western St., Winnsboro; Kevin White, 18, 209 Fortenberry Rd., Winnsboro; Rickey Washington, 17, 150 Royal St., Winnsboro; and three students under the age of 17.
"We are taking a firm stand," Bondurant said. "Anyone fighting on campus will face an expulsion hearing.
"This represents a very small percentage of our student population," Bondurant added. "We're not going to violate anyone's rights, but we are not going to tolerate this behavior at school."
Bondurant said he views the past school year overall as "a very good year."
"We have a long way to go, but we made significant strides in a lot of areas this year," Bondurant said.
"The vast majority of our students are in school for the right reasons. We're going to do what we can to make sure they get a quality education. Those students who don't want to be here should be removed from the school setting."